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January + February 2010 » Washington Trails


snow I’m sure. I enjoyed every moment of the trail today, savored each tree, I took video of my journey today. New camera, you know how that is … YouTube here I come.

I finished up and got in my car and slowly drove the 10 miles out, on one of the blind corners I saw a car overturned. My heart pounded. I put on my flashers and got out to see if anyone was in the car. I couldn’t see in it was so dark inside the car beacause it was flipped, I yelled and tried to open the passen- ger door without luck. The car was still run- ning, and I smelled gas. I was 90 percent sure nobody was in the car. I headed down the road and hoped for the best. There is no cell service at this point. Soon I saw a young girl, she was walking with her dog, she flagged me down, I told her to get in and I was here to help. She was in shock and I didn’t know the extent of her injuries. I tried to remain calm, and get her to help. I drove her to the fire station but there wasn’t anyone there. She called her boyfriend and I took her to him. I just hope her injuries are minor and muscular. Really glad I could help, wished I could have done more.

18 Bells Mountain USGS Yacolt

gering fall colors and take in a nice view.

I left the car at Moulton Falls Park and hiked across the bridge following the wide gravel path that continues for 2.3 miles downriver to Licua Falls Park. About 0.25 mile past the bridge I came to the Bells Mountain trailhead.

The Bells Mountain Trail climbs steadily winding through 2nd growth forest with a dense understory of sword fern punctuated by vine maple. Here and there remnant pillars of huge old growth trees sit like tombstones commemorating the fires that reset the cycle of forest succession during the early 1900s.

My hike was just 1.5 miles or so in total to the top of Bell’s Mount where an east facing clearcut allows a wide vista of the valley below and distant foothills. Puffy cloud snagged on the ridgetops blocked potential views of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.

Despite heavy rains this week, the trail was not muddy, numerous drain dips helped to shed water; also I think the trail sees little traffic thus limiting abrasion that leads to mud. Total distance on the hike was about 4 miles round trip.

Oct 28, 2009 by Ryan

Inland Northwest

With just a couple hours of daylight, this hike was a nice way to stretch my legs, see the lin-

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I took a walk in Umtanum Canyon on this mostly sunny day. There’s still quite a bit of fall color left, especially the cottonwoods, though it is definitely past its peak. I hiked up the first side canyon to the left as far as the aspen grove at the spring. These trees were still look- ing very nice. Later in the afternoon I went down to the main canyon, but only went as far as the first big aspen grove. These trees had mostly lost their leaves, but were still attractive anyway. Umtanum Canyon is always a colorful end-of October to early November hike.

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